Monsignor Francis Twum-Barimah, Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua has stressed the need of Ghanaian Catholics financially contributing to the National Catholic Television Project which he believes will be a timely tool of evangelism to the masses.
Despite the Church’s decision being made later, he explained that it was still necessary and critical because the world had moved away from relying solely on in-church or Chapel evangelisation and had instead shifted to examining the various media platforms that could be used to reach a wide range of people, including non-Catholics.
“It is very very appropriate to have this project though some of us may think it has been delayed, it is imperative to know that it is also laudable and historical that the Catholic Church in Ghana has at long last joined this effective efficient channel of evangelisation.”
He added; “It is a powerful tool of reaching and advertising the rich culture and practices of the church, thus bringing the faith to homes of Catholics and non Catholics at large.”
He made the remarks at Diocesan Launch of the Lumen Christi TV at St Bakhita Catholic Church, in the Koforidua Diocese last Thursday.
The programme was well attended by the clergy, Traditional Leaders and political figures in the jurisdiction.
The Vicar General chastised the influx of unwholesome content on various media platforms and urged the faithful to sow a seed of commitment toward the realisation of the Lumen Christi TV Project, which aims to disseminate the Catholic faith and depeen the belief of the Faithful.
He said; “social media has become a field of play for all manner of persons; young and old, professionals and non professionals, literates and illiterates.”
Mrs Elizabeth Sasu, the keynote speaker, emphasized that the project was worthwhile since, once fully operational, the TV will transmit original and authentic Catholic content from all 20 dioceses/vicariates in Ghana, allowing the Church to strengthen its means evangelisation through mass media.
For his part, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa Agyekum urged the faithful to continue to provide both financial and spiritual support for the project’s success.
For a long time, the Catholic Church in Ghana has struggled to find a spectrum via which it would broadcast evangelistic content to the faithful.
Several attempts have been made over the years to realize this objective, including interim steps such as the institution of the “Catholic Digest” program, which airs on GTV and other TV stations in the country, to ensure that Catholics have a sense of catholic material on media platforms.
The Church’s ambition of having a fully functional television is slowly becoming a reality.
During a workshop on Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Accra, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp, informed attendees that the Catholic Faithful’s desire for a television station has reached the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference and that steps were afoot to make it a reality.
Following that, on June 14th, 2021, Most Rev. Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, inaugurated a 7-member Executive Council of the National Catholic TV Implementation Committee at the National Catholic Secretariat.
The objective of the National Catholic TV Project is to provide intriguing television programs and information that informs, entertains, evangelizes, and educates the Catholic Community locally and the globally.
The Lumen Christi TV Project is currently being launched in various Arch/Dioceses across the country to raise funds to get the TV up and running.
By: Edith Mensah// AGNUS-DEI MEDIA